Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas, babies...

























And so, the 100 Quilts for Christmas Challenge has been a huge success. By Kate's account, over 120 quilts were donated to shelters for babies and children around the country- and that's not including the 7 we made at Musical Squares Night! The tops are done, thanks to family (including my daughter, husband, niece and nephew!), friends, friends of friends and neighbors.Even star designer- and dear friend- Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fabrics came to sew! What an honor.
Some of these folks had not sat behind a sewing machine since middle school home ec class, and some like my husband Tim,(in hat) and his friend (award winning musician) Chris Brown had never sewn before. I cut the fabric ahead of time so that part was done. I had different bags filled with fabric for different quilts just waiting to be sewn together and thrown on the design wall for completion. There were also 3 quilts constructed of squares made by my friend James Bosco (fashion Editor at Vogue and Butterick Patterns) and his colleagues Pam Brooks and Laurie Jackson- Murray. They were so beautifully made- maybe I should take a few lessons from them!
It was a mad dash to get these done with wine and cheese and really great music- I can't wait to do it again in February for Valentines Day, and in the Spring with Denyse Schmidt and her Greenfield Hill Collection.
I go off to quilt and bind on Tuesday, so check back before Christmas eve to see them all finished, and before they go to find a place with a child at The Bridgeport Center for Women and Families.
Special thanks to Mark at Trackside Teen Center for letting us use their "Big Room" and for Brett's help preparing for the musical event! Looks like we will be coming back!

5 comments:

Mimi said...

These pictures are wonderful !!! Everyone looks so engaged in the project at hand and not in the picture taking...... the quilts look wonderful too.... each so different... warms my heart ...

Jennifer said...

that's funny i left a comment..i think Tim sewing is just the bomb..love all the peeps I cannot believe how far you all got after i left...2 whole quilts that's crazy talk...love, j

Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhhh....You guys are amazing that you got so much done! Amazing! We had some new sewers join us as well and it was great to see their excitement as a quilt came together!

Cara said...

Oh my gosh! What a wonderful wonderful event. The quilts look great.

James said...

Nancy,
thanks for posting all the photos, it looks like a good time was had by all!
Thank you for doing all the work of putting the tops together and doing all the quilting, but most of all thanks for asking me to be a part of it all!
I look forward to the next challenge....